Desk and Bookcase

A work made of walnut and white pine.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of walnut and white pine.

Date:

1700/35

Artist:

Artist unknown
American, 18th century
Boston

About this artwork

Pieces such as this desk and bookcase were multifunctional practical storage units used in the management of business and personal affairs. Most of the compartments on this desk have locks in order to safeguard the household possessions. The larger drawers of the desk held expensive linens and other textiles, while the small drawers on the interior of the desk section held everything from one’s personal papers, money, and jewelry to shoe buckles and snuff boxes. In a time when the modern idea of banks did not exist, a locking desk was the safest place for one’s valuables.

On View

American Art, Gallery 166

Artist

Artist unknown

Title

Desk and Bookcase

Origin

Boston

Date

1700–1735

Medium

Walnut and white pine

Dimensions

228.6 × 104.1 × 61.3 cm (90 × 41 24 1/8 in. )

Credit Line

Gift of the Antiquarian Society through the Mr. and Mrs. William Y. Hutchinson Fund

Reference Number

1985.517

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